- from Kings & Queens
Royalty is a concept almost as old as civilization itself.
The development of farming 10,000 years ago meant that people didn’t have to roam the land looking for food. They could settle down. Great cities grew in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), Egypt, and other fertile areas. Leaders rose to rule these city-states. As their power grew, they gave themselves a new, lofty title—king—and declared their relatives nobles. Family ties became the fast track to power.
But who was the first royal? Every royal family had to start somewhere, sometime. Some “fortunate soldier” must have been the first king or queen. No one knows just who or where the very first king or queen was. But Egyptian ruling families were among the first in recorded history, with the earliest known one starting about 3100 B.C.